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"Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work" -Doctrine and Covenants 4:3

Monday, January 11, 2016

Called to Serve -- Week 12 in the Utah Orem Mission

Hello, my name is Sister Taylor. I am a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am a representative of the Savior, Jesus Christ. I have the right to receive revelation over this area in which I have been called to serve and the people in it through my obedience. The blessings I promise through the guidance of the Holy Spirit will be honored by the Almighty God.

Being a missionary is pretty cool. There is really nothing like it. No time that is so special, because you get to devote 100% of your time and effort to the Lord. It is hard, incredibly hard. But it is so worth it. The amount of growth that has happened over this period of my life is amazing compared to the rest of my life. I am still not perfect, and I still have a lot I need to learn and know, but I have grown. I am going to miss being a missionary. It makes me teary-eyed every time I think of taking this badge off. I will never again have the opportunity to wear a tag that says:


But God has given me the opportunity to know how it feels, and now I get to take this into the rest of my life. As Elder Neil A. Anderson said in the April 2013 General Conference: “If you’re not a full-time missionary with a missionary badge pinned on your coat, now is the time to paint one on your heart—painted, as Paul said, “not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God.” And returned missionaries, find your old missionary tag. Don’t wear it, but put it where you can see it. The Lord needs you now more than ever to be an instrument in His hands. All of us have a contribution to make to this miracle.” I am excited to learn how to wear a tag of the Spirit. Pretty special chance!

This week has been wonderful. An amazing last full week of being a missionary! The highlight of the week was Myshima’s baptism!!! She was nervous, but when she came out of the room, I asked her how she felt. “I feel like a new person!” Her faith and desire to do what God wants for her is what brought her to this point. She is now working on family history. In the next few weeks, she will be able to go to the temple and be baptized for her mother and both of her grandmothers. Such a cool opportunity! I know her parents and the rest of her ancestors are so excited for her to begin this chain of solid church members.

Something that was a little crazy. We were in charge of filling the font. We filled it to a certain point with hot water, then the rest with cold water. Unfortunately, we didn't know that the cold water runs faster than the hot. Half an hour before the baptism started, we noticed that the font was almost overflowing, and that it was freezing. You can't pull the plug and put it back in without going we didn't know what to do. We found 2 clean trash cans and created a mini bucket brigade to empty the font enough so we could add more hot water and have it not overflow. We got done minutes before everyone showed up. Good times. (Here's a picture of me in the EMPTY font! :)  )

Craziness of the week came when we went to a couple’s house that we’ve been to a few times. They’re engaged, but didn’t really intend to get married. We challenged them to set a date.….but they have to change together. It turned into basically a soap opera. We sat their awkwardly, trying to tie it back to the Gospel, while they fought. We finally just stood up and walked out mid-sentence. I think that was the turning point for them though. We told them we wouldn’t come back until they had set a date, and they were so embarrassed that they had been like that in front of us, that they’ve almost set a date now. I hope I get to see them before I leave!

We went to the Provo City Center Temple a ton this week. We saw many General Authorities, and more importantly, we saw the Holy Ghost touch people and push them to change. Such an amazing opportunity. We aren’t the teachers, we just tell truth that the Holy Ghost can testify of. In this mission, we “SEE MIRACLES”.

I will be honorably released Thursday, and be speaking in church on Sunday the 17th at 1:00 at the Red Brick Church on Cliffside. (1350 Eastridge Drive, I think). If anyone would like to be there, I would love to see you. If you can’t make it, know that I am grateful for your love and support.

I love this Gospel and the chance that I had to share it with those in the Utah Orem Mission. Every person that I have come in contact with has taught me a lesson. This is the true Church. I have seen and felt it hundreds of times, and there is nothing that would convince me otherwise.

Have a wonderful week!
Sister Taylor

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

First Week of 2016!


First off, Happy New Year!! We found out last minute that we would be on “lockdown” for New Years, so we spent it with our District in a chapel. But that day was a little crazy to begin with. We first had a lesson with Myshima…..WHO IS GETTING BAPTIZED ON SATURDAY!!!!!!  I forgot to write that in my email last week. It was a super spiritual lesson. She was talking about how she hadn't received her answer yet.....but then basically bore her testimony to us. Sister Ortiz said "I think you've received your answer". Then I flat out asked her: "Myshima, do you know the Church is true?". Not your general question, but she sheepishly said "yes". We're super excited for her. Anyways, New Year’s Eve we had a lesson with her…and she majorly dropped a bomb on us. She wasn’t sure why we should live one of the commandments, which, admittedly, was a problem we hadn’t run into before, with anyone. We explained God’s love for us, and why we need to see others as our brothers and sisters. That helped her realize the importance of all of God’s commandments, and she committed to live it. We then had a super quick lunch with Darcy and Jonathan. We love them! But because of Myshima’s more-complicated-then-planned lesson, we were running late for our training at the Provo City Center Temple. Then we tried every single parking garage but the right one, and I ended up getting blood all over everything. Needless to say, it was an adventure. But I got a couple band-aids, we got to see the temple (GORGEOUS! has tickets open now….and they’re going fast, so make sure you get them if you want to see the temple!) , and everything worked out.

That meeting with all the sisters from Provo and Orem went well, but it ran over, so we ended up getting to the chapel for New Years at 6 instead of 5. Oh well, we tried. We watched “Ephraim’s Rescue” with our district. We’re the only companionship of sisters, and there’s a companionship of British Elders in our district, so it was really fun to watch it. They kept saying “what kind of accent is that?!”. Funny thing is, one’s from the North, and one’s from the South, so they have very different accents from each other. We gained an appreciation for the pioneers, and learned not to complain when our feet turn blue, because they’re not black and dead yet!! It made us stop complaining when we walk now. Good lessons to be learned. Are you prepared to go now?

I also was an Hermana for a day! Because my companion is an STL, I went to the Spanish area and served there for a day. I can understand a ton in spanish now....but I still speak almost nothing. I could testify though, and most of the people we taught understood English, so I could bear my testimony on the subject in English. I dreamed in spanish that night. :)

Well, this email has already rambled on, but I do have to share how cool having a VIP week at the temple is. WE SAW PRESIDENT RUSSELL M. NELSON YESTERDAY!!!!!!!!  Elder Oaks and Bishop Causse were also there. I didn’t get to see Elder Oaks though. We get to take our investigators, less actives, and recent converts through the temple before the general public, which is a special opportunity. I love this gospel!! The Church is true!!

For those of you who’ve asked about my plans: I am going to be returning home next Thursday, speaking in church on the 17th, then hopefully moving back to Arizona soon after. I will attend BYU-I in the fall, majoring in paramedicine. Of course, all of these plans are subject to change, depending on what the Lord wants. :)
Thank you all for your support!!

Love you all!!
Sister Taylor

Merry Christmas, and News of the Week! Dec. 28, 2015

Hello Everyone! 
Merry Christmas!!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and were able to feel the love of our Savior at this time of the year. I spent it with some wonderful families. We were even able to teach 3 lessons on Christmas Eve, and one on Christmas Day! My sweet companion made breakfast for me on Christmas morning.

On the 22nd we had a Christmas party as a mission!! My favorite part of it was the traditional movie. We watched "The Polar Express" at *drumroll* THE MOVIE THEATER!!!! It was so weird to be there as a mission. All of the Sisters sat in the front section, then the Elders sat in the back. You know you're a missionary when:
Santa says "The First Gift of Christmas!!" and immediately half the theater goes: "Was not wrapped, had no bow, was not purchased online, or in a store..." (See if you have no idea what I'm referencing) 
When the little girl in the movie gets her ticket hole-punched to say "LEADER", 3 or 4 Sisters shouted out "STL!" 
It was a lot of fun. (awkward picture at the party)


As much as I really don't want to have to type this, I probably should. My mission president, President Killpack, called me on Christmas Eve. I was informed that due to my persisting medical conditions (seizures), I will be honorably released at the end of this transfer. I'll admit it, that literally floored me. I dropped to my knees and bawled like a baby. And for those of you who know me well, know I don't cry. However, there is only one thing I want more than to continue serving as a full-time missionary, and that is to follow the will of the Lord. I know that the missionary board works with revelation, so God wants me to go home. That is His will. So if any of you have a problem with it, take it up with Him. ;)  So I will, as of January 13th, be an honorably returned missionary. My one request is that you treat me like one. I honestly would love to stay and continue serving, but I served for the full time that I was called for. My mission call said "It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 3 months." I have learned and grown, just as any other return missionary. I love my mission and the opportunity to serve. I have stories and experiences and scriptures. I am not returning early. Anyways......
I will probably stay at home for a few weeks, then I will probably move to work again until school starts. I'm excited to see what God has in store for me.

Other exciting things of the week!!
The Larsen kids got baptized!! It was so cool to be there to see them FINALLY get to enter the waters of baptism. I love those kids! I went on a split with a recently returned Sister who has been home for 17 days. We had a lot of fun. 

I love this Gospel, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity I have to share it every single day. I encourage you all to pick something to work on that will bring you closer to the Lord Jesus Christ. There's a great (and HILARIOUS) video perfect for New Years.

I love you all, and am thankful for your love and support.
Sister Taylor

Highland East, Week 3

Dec. 21, 2015
Hello Family and Friends!!!
Hope you all are enjoying your prep for Christmas!! This is a wonderful time of the year when we all get to focus on the Savior of the World!! I encourage you to make Him the FOCUS, not the afterthought!

First, the highlights of the week!!
KARLY GOT BAPTIZED!!!!! It was absolutely incredible!! I love that girl so much!! It took a while for her to work up to going all the way under the water, but SHE DID IT!!! It was an absolute miracle!! I am BEYOND excited to meet her after the Resurrection. She is so smart and powerful in the Gospel and in life, and I’m excited to get to know her when we don’t have to deal with physical difficulties.
Also on Saturday I got to go back to my old area to attend the baptism of two of the people I taught. It was cool to go back, but it felt so different, because it is no longer my area, so I no longer have the responsibility for those people. It was so special to watch them be baptized though. The Gospel is a light that you can see in people’s eyes as they are truly converted.

Funny Stories of the Week:
We got stuck in the snow……twice. The first time we had just pulled to the side of the road and the snow was deep enough that we got stuck. I just pushed us out. The second time, I was backing Sister Ortiz and backed her into some snow that I THOUGHT was just unshoveled driveway. Turns out it was just an oddly shaped driveway and I had backed her into the grass. A half hour and two elderly ladies later, we finally shoveled enough snow away to push us out. Lucky designated driver Sister Ortiz doesn’t have to push, because she is the only one allowed to drive the car. 

You know you’re a Sister Missionary when…… drive past a blow up thing of Santa and his wife, and you say “Aww, look at Sister Claus!!” and don’t realize for 5 minutes that she’s not generally referred to as “Sister Claus”.

We went to visit this 93 year old lady who owns a mink farm in the middle of nowhere. We parked at the bottom of this hill, climbed clear up it, then hiked through a foot and a half of snow in fields for half a mile to her house. Needless to say, it was an adventure! 

We taught Myshima at one of our Ward Mission Leaders houses. He is a French Canadian, and Myshima speaks French better than English, and Sister Ortiz speaks French as well. So 99.9% of the hour and a half lesson was in French. Guess who can't even count to 10 in French? Yup. This Sister. So I tried to understand anything for the first 45 minutes, then I gave up and started planning how my future Christmas tree would look so I wouldn't fall asleep. Not the most missionary-like I've ever been, but according to Sister Ortiz, the lesson was AMAZING. So that's good. :) Aww, the life of a Sister Missionary in Highland.

Last story: We met this adorable couple named Darcy and Jonathan. They’re both return missionaries, but not exactly active. We love them a ton though. They’ve become like our second set of parents. We have so much fun with them. It’s interesting to teach them though, because they know all the answers, and the terms that missionaries use. For example, we challenged them to do something, and they asked us if we were going to follow up. They have solid testimonies, they’re just relearning how to USE them.

I am so grateful to know the true meaning of Christmas, and be able to share it at this time of the year. This Church brings so much Joy to me and to those that I teach, because of the Savior.
I love you all, and hope you have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!
Sister Taylor

Monday, December 14, 2015

Highland Utah East (aka The World in a Box), Week 2

Hola Friends and Family!

Still working on my Spanish, but I can almost bear my testimony! Sister Ortiz is the Sister Training Leader for our Zone (Basically the sister version of a Zone Leader), but she doesn't have an STL companion, so when we go on exchanges so she can see how they're doing, I will go to the Spanish Area and be an Hermana. So I'm working on my Spanish.... it's rough though. :P 

New Policy! There is now no responding to emails. So those of you who I've been chatting with, I can no longer do that. So if you have questions for me or want me to respond to something, you have to email me before I email you. It'll be a bit of a transition, but exact obedience is the way to success! :)

I was a "Senior Companion" in a trio this week, because all the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders went to MLC (Mission Leadership Committee), and there are two sisters in the mission who are also companions with STL's, but they just came out a week and a half ago, so we were in a trio for the day. Since I had been out the longest, I was the Senior Companion. We had personal study, companionship study, and 12 week, then we went to go visit a couple in one of the other sister's areas. This couple used to be a senior missionary couple, but they pretended to be investigators, and we taught them the Restoration. It was interesting having the other sisters rely on my to teach most of the lesson. I realized how much I've learned in the last almost 2 months. 

Now to my "World in a Box" Subject Line. 

We are teaching a refugee from Haiti named Myshima. She's a sweetheart. But her English isn't the best. She speaks Creole and French. Sister Ortiz understands and mostly speaks French, so that helps. Myshima is great! She has such a desire to "be convinced" of the Gospel. We were laughing that "A black girl from Haiti, a brown girl from the Dominican Republic, and a white girl from America" were all sitting there speaking 4 different languages. It's amazing how the gospel brings people together and transcends all racial and language barriers. 

We are also teaching a man that moved from China. I still struggle pronouncing, let alone spelling, his last name, so I'll just call him Bro. Jones. He was raised in a society where school teaches you that believing in God is ridiculous, so it's interesting to teach him. He told us this week that he's "trying to believe in God". He's awesome. 

Last story of the week. We had a rough yelled at twice, never let in, chased by a dog, found out that ringing the doorbell by touching two wires together is NOT a good idea :P .....anyways, we were grumpy and frustrated when we got home. We walked down the stairs to our apartment and our front door was glowing. We started to freak out because we thought we left the lights on all day. Then we looked in the front door and this is what we see:

Our sweet landlords and their family set this up for us. :) 

Tender Mercies!! 

It's been a good week here! Hope it has been for all of you! I love you, and am praying for you! My Utah friends: enjoy the snow!!!

Sister Taylor

Zone Training Meeting - one set of elders (which I helped plan, even though I'm not a zone leader) one of the 7 ward Christmas parties we went to on Saturday!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Highland East Area, Week 1

Hola Familia y amigos! 

Como estan? Yo estoy muy bien aqui en Highland. 

Well, I'm serving in Spanish now.....

just kidding. But I sure feel like it sometimes! Transfers happened this week, and I am now with Sister Ortiz in the Highland East Area. Sister Ortiz is from the Dominican Republic, and has served in Spanish for the last couple transfers, but started her mission in English. So we went to the temple with one of the people that she taught this week (thankfully the session was in English), and I just rotated between conversations afterwards depending on who was speaking English at the moment. I'm learning more Spanish every day though....maybe eventually I can introduce myself in Spanish. :P We also went to a baptism in Spanish. Sister Ortiz or one of the other Sister Missionaries translated the whole thing for me. It was really funny though. The little boy (probably about 9 years old), was pretty scared for baptism. When they opened the curtains to the font, there he is, standing with his branch president.....wearing scuba goggles. All of the sister missionaries (including me) had the giggles so hard, but we were trying to be reverent. But he was baptized! (Along with his scuba goggles) :P 

We are "Whitewashing" (or "pinkwashing", depending on who you are) this area. For those of you who don't know, that means that there were elders in this area before, but now they were both transferred to new areas, and we both came in, knowing nothing about the area. They do that for a variety of different reasons, but most often just to mix it up and get the spark of missionary work going again. I know that Sister Ortiz and I are supposed to be here. It was a little interesting moving into the apartment (a basement apartment of a cute member family...they have 5 little girls under the age of 6!) where the elders lived before. Elders and Sisters sure have a different definition of "clean". Let's just say there were feathers in the fridge. :P But we spent the whole rest of the transfer day deep cleaning, and now it's really clean and more "Sister-fied". :)

It's hard to start up an area, but there are some really awesome people here. One of my favorites is a sweet severely autistic girl named Karly. She can't talk, but she's SUPER smart. She just recently learned a new technique that's been discovered, where she taps out letters on a card to spell words. She wants to be baptized SO bad! She bore her testimony to us at the end of the lesson. It was incredible. She is going to be baptized next week!!!

We met mini horses!!! They were so cute!!  And the Highland sunsets are beautiful!

Hope you all have a wonderful week, and I hope you got to watch the Christmas Devotional. It was great!! If not, log onto and watch it!!
Thanks to those of you who email me!! It's fun to hear about your lives!
Shoutout to my newly-nine year old brother, Gabe!! 

Sister Taylor

Monday, November 30, 2015

A Week of Miracles: Saratoga Springs South

Dear Family and Friends,

This week has been a week of miracles! #1, BROTHER MCHAW GOT BAPTIZED!!!!! We hadn’t been able to meet with him for a bit, so we thought that we’d have to cancel. But were able to meet with him again, and the baptism could still happen!! Here are pictures from the baptism. He also has a little girl, but she was busy playing with her cousins when we took the picture. When he came out of the water, the Spirit was literally poured out on us. I have never felt it like that before. It was incredible. I taught him from the beginning, and experienced a lot of miracles while teaching him, so that was really cool to see him get to that point. He’s awesome, and the ward has already given him a calling!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I’m SO grateful for the opportunity that I have to serve a mission! For Thanksgiving, we played a flag football Turkey Bowl, Zone against Zone. One of the members that we love and work with a lot, Sister King, has access to the West Lake High School Athletic gear, so we borrowed football jerseys for our whole team. It was fun to be wearing that #10 again, even if it was the wrong jersey. :) We played against the Lehi zone. We don’t keep score, but we had a lot of fun. President Killpack, the Mission President, and his wife, even came for a bit! Sister Killpack had an awesome interception. 

We helped Sister Flowers and her family make Thanksgiving dinner, (we made the yams, which they said was the best part), then ate with the Kings and all of their family. We dropped by the Flowers (picture with Brother Selds, because I missed his baptism) and another family for dessert as well. Pretty good day!

Another wonderful thing that happened was that the Church’s new Christmas InitiativeChurch's New Christmas Initiative has come out! The videos are really great, but the message is even better. “A Savior is Born…Discover Why!” I encourage you all to go to, watch, and share the video! There are a bunch of fun things that you can do. There are daily gifs to share as a countdown to Christmas, a new music video for 12 days, 2 different videos, and a print to share your feelings! PLEASE get on, share them, and spread the Gospel and the love of Christ!

The last story that I’ll tell for this week, is from yesterday. We taught a foreign exchange student from China named Jana (her English name, not her Chinese name). We have been teaching her with two other students, but one was sick and the other dropped us. So it was just Jana, and it was a super incredible lesson. She doesn’t have a religious background AT ALL, so everything was super basic. We spent a good 10 minutes explaining what the “Gospel” is. She thought it was a person, and was very confused. But we challenged her to pray, and the Spirit was there so strongly as she knelt and offered a simple, heartfelt prayer. She’s great. 

A few people have asked what I would like for Christmas. If any of you feel like giving me that extra million dollars you have laying around, I won’t say no ;), but what I really want for Christmas is for you to share the Gospel. Pray for a missionary opportunity, and invite the missionaries to teach someone in your home. If you will pray, and be prepared, God will give you the opportunity. Then, write me a letter and tell me about it!! I would love a stack of letters telling me of my friends and family member’s missionary experiences! My address is: 
Sister Rechelle Taylor
Utah Orem Mission
612 W 100 S
Lindon, UT

Remember the Reason for the Season!!
Sister Taylor